MET Theatre
1089 N Oxford Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
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Shakespeare's Othello, about the Moorish general who falls prey to his own dangerous jealousy, opens just before the start of Black History Month at the MET Theatre. Director John Farmanesh-Bocca's concept removes the action from a constricted time period, evoking something more modern yet timeless. It's an intensely physical, movement-intensive approach. Instead of the static image of actors planting themselves and reciting flowery speeches, imagine the notion of a military hero who defies his society to win the love of his life while at the same time beset by treachery. The people of a grand city in tumultuous times are depicted fighting, running, jumping, loving and living. It's an imagining that's dynamic, visceral, operatic in scope.